Eight private hospitals in the city have requested for the H1N1 vaccine from the BMC in the last month but not all have picked up the vaccine doses yet.
The vaccine is required to be administered to the staff likely to come in contact with swine flu patients in the isolation wards.
Among those that have made a requisition for the vaccine are PD Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai and Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri, said BMC sources.
Seventeen private hospitals in the city that are equipped with an isolation ward are eligible to make a requisition for the vaccine. “The hospitals have told us how many among their staff require the vaccine. But not all of them have picked up the doses,” said Dr Daksha Shah of BMC’s epidemiology cell.
Hinduja Hospital made a formal requisition on Monday, after one of their patients, Rekha Shah (52), died of swine flu related complications on Saturday.
“We have requested the vaccine for 17 of our staff members, who came in contact with her. None of them have shown any symptoms so far. We will use the vaccines if anyone develops symptoms,” said Dr Gustad Davar, medical director, Hinduja Hospital.
Hiranandani Hospital too hasn’t picked up vaccine doses. “Our experts felt that there was no real need to get the doses right now. We will get them when the need arises,” said Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO.
BMC has 2,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine to be administered to medical and paramedical staff. As reported earlier, the state had recalled 800 of the BMC’s total vaccine doses last week as they were nearing their expiry date in October 2010.